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LSU coach Ed Orgeron came up with a brilliant new tradition with the Tiger Bowl.

Why the Tiger Bowl is Ed Orgeron’s best new LSU tradition

Nick Suss

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Here, here for the Tiger Bowl

LSU’s freshmen, walk-ons and lesser-used players participated in the second annual Tiger Bowl on Thursday afternoon, pitting offense against defense in a game coached by the upperclassmen. Offensive head coach DJ Chark bettered defensive head coach Christian LaCouture, with the offense putting up 50 points thanks to play calling from Chark, offensive coordinator Derrius Guice and passing game coordinator Will Clapp.

For younger and less-experienced players, the Tiger Bowl is everything. It’s a chance to compete and a chance to prove their value against their peers. And for older guys, this is a chance to relax and remember why football is so great in the first place.

Take Guice, for example. He lit up Twitter on Thursday when he posted a photo of himself cosplaying as LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Hat and all.

This wasn’t all. Some players did jersey swaps. Others razzed teammates for losing. Still others bragged on the successes of their pupils. In every way, the Tiger Bowl is a success. It’s a good way to let players decompress and grow together in brotherhood. It’s a good showcase for younger talent that might be overlooked during the season. And above all, it’s a good time to keep players engaged for the bye week.

Forget Competition Tuesday and No Repeat Wednesday and all the other new traditions coach Ed Orgeron brought with him. The Tiger Bowl belongs at the top. It’s his best idea, maybe the highlight of the season for these guys. It’s totally worth it.

Checking in with recruiting

Bye weeks might be slow with LSU football news, but recruiting never sleeps. Here are a few recruiting stories you might’ve missed Thursday:

Good video worth watching

LSU quarterback Danny Etling and offensive guard Garrett Brumfield spoke to the media Thursday, breaking down the bye week action. In the middle of Brumfield’s interview, Etling off-handedly revealed to us media members that Brumfield is a conspiracy enthusiast.

Naturally, Etling wanted to prove it. So he quizzed Brumfield on some of his favorite conspiracy theories. What resulted was a beautiful minute of video that SEC Country’s Alex Hickey caught. If you listen closely, you can hear my amused cackles to the right of the camera.

What should I do with my life?

There’s no LSU football to watch this weekend. If it feels like you’re missing out, it’s because you are. But there’s so much to do in and around Baton Rouge, even without football. If you live in the area, here are some suggestions of how to spend your time.

  • To celebrate Halloween, Theatre Baton Rouge is putting on the Rocky Horror Picture Show all weekend. If this is your thing, it’s a great time you shouldn’t miss.
  • If you prefer your Halloween movies to be a little more traditionally scary, the Manship Theater is showing Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho on Friday night.
  • The Baton Rouge Zoo is hosting Boo at the Zoo Saturday and Sunday, a trick-or-treating event lasting all day with a hay maze, an enchanted swamp and more. It’s definitely a more child friendly environment than Psycho.
  • If you feel like doing some work for a good cause, it’s Fall Field Day weekend on the USS Kidd.
  • For a full list of weekend events, check out this handy calendar.

Your weekly non-revenue LSU sports update

What’s going on this weekend in LSU sports? Plenty:

  • The volleyball team puts its undefeated record at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the line twice this weekend. First, the Tigers host Kentucky Friday night at 7 p.m. CT, then welcome Tennessee Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Both matches will be streamed live on the SEC Network Plus.
  • Coming off the best season in school history, the beach volleyball team heads to Gulf Shores, Ala., for the Fall Beach Volleyball Tournament on Saturday.
  • Men’s and women’s cross country competes in the SEC Championships beginning Friday at 9 a.m. CT in Athens, Ga.
  • Women’s golf heads to Wilmington, N.C., to compete in the Landfall Tradition tournament, running Friday through Sunday.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Oct. 27 is “National Frankenstein Friday.” Apparently it’s the day where we’re supposed to celebrate Frankenstein. Or his monster.

Or, in the case of the Bayou Bengal Briefing, Phil Hartman.

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